United States (US) Vice President Mike Pence has received the COVID-19 vaccine publicly in a televised appearance to boost public confidence in its effectiveness.
Mike Pence while receiving the vaccine, told the audience and doctors that “I didn’t feel a thing.”
The White House said the aim of the move was to “promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was also given to his wife, Karen Pence by a medical team from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“I didn’t feel a thing. Well done,” Pence said after receiving the shot in his left arm.
Pence called it a “medical miracle,” saying that the average vaccine usually takes eight to 12 years to develop, manufacture and distribute.
“But we’re on track here in the United States to administer millions of doses to the American people in less than one year. It is a miracle indeed,” he said.
“Karen and I wanted to step forward and take this vaccine to assure the American people that while we cut red tape, we cut no corners,” Pence added.
“Thanks to the great work at the National Institutes of Health, and the great and careful work of the FDA and the leadership of our president and Operation Warp Speed, the American people can be confident we have one, and, perhaps within hours, two safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for you and for your family.”
Moreover, earlier on Monday, the US began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The first vaccine had received approval in the US, it offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19.
The first three million doses go under distribution to locations across the 50 US states.